As its name implies, a repetitive strain injury is a result of prolonged, repetitive, and forceful movement. Such movements tend to be seemingly harmless at first — typing on a keyboard, hitting a tennis ball, hand movements by assembly line workers — but become increasingly harmful as the same movements are repeated over and over, day after day.
These repeated movements cause damage (also known as micro tears) to the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the body part involved. The most commonly affected parts include the fingers, wrists, forearms, and elbows. Repetitive strain injuries are not a specific medical disorder but rather a collective term of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis. Most of us will suffer the pain from one of these at some point in their life.
At Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, Dr. Trujillo treats the pain from many issues caused by repetitive stress.
Common signs and symptoms of repetitive strain injuries
- Numbness and tingling sensations
- Loss of grip strength
- Sharp pain
- Restricted mobility in the affected joints, tendons, and muscles
Are you at risk?
There are three basic components that increase your risk for repetitive strain injury: poor posture, poor technique, and overuse. The following factors can further put you at risk for these injuries:
- Your job requires heavy computer use all day
- Infrequent breaks
- Lack of exercise
- A stressful work environment
- Long fingernails (These put the fingers in an unnatural position, consequently putting stress on your fingers.)
- Chronic lack of sleep
- Overweight or obese
- Poor ergonomics
- Existing health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, thyroid disorders, or any condition that involves swelling
At Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, we help you understand what movements or stresses are behind your tendinitis or other sources of pain. From there, we’ll work with you to correct the movements, if possible, and to help you deal with the pain in the meantime. Call us at (855) 768-4968 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo.